Monday, March 26, 2012

girl collins

Manish Arora pink satin button-down: $545, Lissilaa Boutique, 858-454-0874,

Reed Krakoff metallic short-sleeve sweater in nude: $490, 877-733-3525, Oscar de la Renta light blue, strapless, tassel tiered feather dress: $6,450, 323-653-0200, Laura Kranitz Signac necklace made with hand-dyed silk cord, fire-glazed glass beads and Victorian crocheted buttons: $560; Scribe rings: $260, Ashley Paige, 323-460-6700, Falke light pink, sheer tights with vertical stripes: $49, Madison International, 310-273-1203,

L’Wren Scott cream houndstooth lace shirt: $1,875, Barneys, 310-276-4400, Nina Ricci lace tank: $990, Barneys, 310-276-4400, Peter Som chiffon tiered feather skirt: $3,146, 212-221-5991, Pearl Paradise souffle freshwater pearl torsade necklace: $4,800, 310-474-8788,  Pamela Love clear resin tribal spike cuff: $185; short resin crystal block cuff: $525, Laura Kranitz Scribe ring: $260, Ashley Paige, 323-460-6700, Hue Mini Geo Net tights: $13.50, Bloomingdale’s, 310-360-2700,

Meet the 2012 version of Snow White.....played by 23 year-old Lilly Collins (whose father is famous musician Phil Collins).

You may recognize her as the daughter to Sandra Bullock's character in The Blind Side....and this month she plays opposite Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror.  Not a bad gig, huh?

I, for one can't wait to see her take on the evil queen in the movie. ;)

There are clearly several things that make this young woman stunning, but can I just gush for a minute about her eyebrows?!  Love them.

I know, I know.....I'm odd. ;)

talk soon



Thursday, March 22, 2012

katniss...peeta...gale...oh my

The long-awaited release of the Hunger Games is here.  Midnight tonight is the official opening, where we will get to see the fictional characters come to life for the first time.  Sadly, I won't be there at midnight, but this weekend for sure.

So excited!

Are you going?!!!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

sexy in the cite


I's the Metro in Paris.....and on some level it's equivalent to our subway.....
but in a sexier way.....right?!  The subway tile, the light fixtures, the cleanliness of it...........
tres fantastique!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

1st day of spring, 1st day of spring!!!


Spring is officially here!  If you happen to live in or around Chicago, it actually feels like summer.  High in the mid-80's today.  INSANE.

My body is not prepared for mid 80's.  At all.  I'm not full-on complaining (because I'm not completely crazy, I know it's gorgeous and all), but there is a definite tinge of whining in there. ;)

The good week while on my staycation for spring break I might be able to get some actual color...hello tan, oh how I've missed you.

Happy 1st day of Spring!

talk soon


Monday, March 19, 2012

oddly wonderful

soda jerk chandelier

There is something quirky and wonderful about this chandelier.  It's made up of vintage inspired bottles and gives off this lovely, inviting light.

And for a mere $1900, it can be all yours. ;)

Happy Monday everyone! 

Talk soon

Friday, March 16, 2012

pops of color

I came across this picture on the blog of Solange Knowles (yes, Beyonce's little sis), and I thought it screamed 'Spring!', I had to share.

If you've never seen Solange's blog, and you love photography, I suggest you check it out.  It's called My Damn Blog (love the name), and it's visually stunning.  A real treat for your eyes.

Happy Friday everyone!

talk soon

Thursday, March 15, 2012

cannot. get. enough. of. this. song.

This post is for Erin.  She loves to car dance, I love to car dance (yes, I just admitted that).  And you have to have a catchy song in which to shake your shoulders to.

I saw this youtube video yesterday morning....and as a result have downloaded the song, and have rewatched this clip 5 billion times.  No joke. ;)

A little background....
The singer is Carly Rae Jepsen and she hails from Canada.  Apparently this past December Justin Bieber heard her song and tweeted about it...and his manager Scooter Braun (who discovered Bieber) did a little research and found out that she finished third on Canadian Idol.  She hadn't been picked up by a US label, so he went ahead and signed her to his label, Schoolboy Records. 

And voila....a new catchy pop tune for all of us to be addicted to.

Give it a listen.  The video is not of Carly Rae herself, but of Justin, Selena and some of their friends lipsyncing to the song.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching it, in the most ridiculous way possible. 

It put a huge smile on my face, and has induced many a shoulder dance.

C'mon, you know you're going to love it. ;)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

spring has sprung!

It is currently in the mid-70's here in Chicago.  No, that's not a's true.  Mid-70's..............ahhh, sun on my face, windows down in the car....pretty awesome.

I immediately want to wear sandals....and that requires a fresh pedicure.  I'll take this color please:

olé caliente
ole caliente

And I'd like you all to know that I passed up an opportunity to head to Florida for spring break.  Here's how it went down yesterday:

cell phone rings......
cp answers: hello

b: so, I think we should go to Florida for spring break

cp: what?  why?  I thought we had agreed to stay home this year....

b: I know, but I'm looking into it

cp: why?  I mean, I would love to lay on the beach, and Ryan would have a great time, but why the change in plans?

b: because it's so nice out

?????.  Ok, then.  I guess we wouldn't have had that conversation if it was 30 degrees and snowing out.  ;)  Men.

So we talked about it again this morning and decided to stick with our original plan....taking the week off to hang out with Ryan, but staying home.  I believe this makes me insane.

Happy Wednesday!!

talk soon

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Saturday/Sunday snapshots

cool JCrew men's display

chocolate chip cookie bar batter...
new spring bag/purse from the Gap...hello pink!

new pink magnolia candle...smells like spring!

dessert on Saturday night

Friday, March 9, 2012

laughter...and a random act of kindness

Happy Friday everyone!

It's gorgeous and sunny here in Chicago today...a little chilly, but with the sun shining you barely take notice.

Anyone who knows me for even a short amount of time knows that I love to laugh.  I've always felt that laughter is one of the best remedies....for nearly every situation.


I stumbled upon this quote last night and it made me smile.

"I love people who make me laugh.  I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh.  It cures a multitude of ills.  It's probably the most important thing in a person."  audrey hepburn

I agree wholeheartedly.  Someone who can make you laugh...that person is a lovely thing.  I hope that I do that for the people in my life..even if it's only occasionally. :)

Random act of kindness...
I walked into my office this morning to find the sweetest (literally) present ever.  Melissa took the recipe for chocolate chip cookie bars I posted a couple of days ago and made them!!!  Best. Friday. Ever.

Make someone laugh today.  :)

talk soon

Thursday, March 8, 2012

please watch this....

I'm hoping that you all saw this video yesterday, but if you haven't, I urge you to take the time to watch it now.

This goes to show you the impact we can make as humans, if we give even just a little of ourselves. 

We live in this world of want, and we all love 'things' and there is nothing wrong with that, but if even the smallest gesture can aid in making change that will impact a new generation..then how can we not do it?

To learn more about the Invisible Children, click on the link to their website.

Let me know what you think.

talk soon.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012


If someone would be so kind to bake a batch of these and send them my way (with sweet little bows as shown, of course), I would appreciate it.

No really, I would.


It's definitely a chocolate chip cookie bar kind of day.......

Let me know if you make these!!

talk soon


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

House crush

Meet my latest house's the home of actress Brooke Shields, located in Manhattan.

What I love about it is that it's elegant without being overly stuffy.  It's inviting and approachable...and the attention to detail is pretty amazing.  The predominant wall color is gray, but it looks different in every room in which it's used.

Check it out!


I love these double doors..and the little pops of color throughout the room


a different kind of gallery wall...


Monday, March 5, 2012

no camo pennies for me....

So, I saw an ad in a magazine for Tommy Hilfiger, and although I don't own any Tommy items, I saw one of the girls wearing these fantastic penny, I jumped online, fingers crossed that they weren't insanely priced.  Well, no worries about how much they cost, because they only make them for guys!  What the heck?!

Sad day.  I for sure would've gotten great use out of these. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

oddly wonderful...the pink edition

I know this car is a little ridiculous...but I'm not going to lie, I would drive that to our beach during the summer.  In a heartbeat.  Fun song playing on the radio, a light breeze in the air, sun on my face.  Yep, in a heartbeat.

happy Friday!

talk soon


Thursday, March 1, 2012


the decision to stay home for spring break this year.  We have two family trips this coming July, so we decided that maybe we should forgo the beach this March to save some money.  Actually I shouldn't say we was actually me who suggested that.  What the hell was I thinking?!!!!

So today...on this 1st day of March I put together what I would like to be wearing/reading in a place I would like to be going to..........

1 / 2 / 3 / 4

What about you guys?  Anyone going on a trip soon?

talk soon